Always Running - Luis J. Rodriguez

Always Running

By Luis J. Rodriguez

  • Release Date: 2012-06-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 46 Ratings


Luis J. Rodríguez’s stunning memoir—a brave, unflinching account of life in a Los Angeles street gang Luis J. Rodríguez joined his first gang at age eleven. As a teenager, he witnessed the rise of some of the most notorious cliques and sets in Southern California and knew only a life of violence—one that revolved around drugs, gang wars, and police brutality. But unlike most of those around him, Rodríguez found a way out when art, writing, and political activism rescued him from the brink of self-destruction. Always Running spares no detail in its vivid, brutally honest portrayal of street life and violence, and it stands as a powerful and unforgettable testimonial of gang life, by one of the most acclaimed Chicano writers of his generation. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author’s personal collection."Vivid, raw . . . fierce, and fearless . . . Here’s truth no television set, burning night and day, could ever begin to offer." —The New York Times “Extraordinarily haunting and evocative.” —The Washington Post Luis J. Rodríguez (b. 1954) is a poet, journalist, memoirist, and author of children’s books, short stories, and novels. His documentation of urban and Mexican immigrant life has made him one of the most prominent Chicano literary voices in the United States. Born in El Paso, Texas, to Mexican immigrant parents, Rodríguez grew up in Los Angeles, where in his teen yearshe joined a gang, lived on the streets, and became addicted to heroin. In his twenties, after turning his back on gang violence and drugs, Rodríguez began his career as a journalist and then award-winning poet, writing such books as the memoir Always Running (1993), and the poetry collections The Concrete River (1991), Poems Across the Pavement (1989), and Trochemoche (1998). He has also written the short story collection The Republic of East L.A. (2002). Rodríguez maintains an arts center, bookstore, and poetry press in L.A., where he continues writing and working to mediate gang violence. 


  • Bringing back memories...

    By GuillenSeungri
    I was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the South Central area; so I can picture the streets and feel the vibe as I read this book. It's such a great read; I recommended this book to my siblings, friends, and friends from other countries, so that they can picture the true life in varrio of Los Angeles and not the "Hollywood" life that the media has painted on this city. I didn't want to buy this book on my iPhone's iBook app, I actually wanted the book itself, but I couldn't hold back on wanting to read it, again.
  • Great book

    By Amber Hunt
    I had to read this book for a school report. But in all honesty this book was acceptable. I actually enjoyed the book. At first I thought it was just a school book but by the 2nd chapter I was hooked and it actually made me think about how the streets are no joke
  • Thank u!

    By laughyfl0r
    Read this when I was about 15 multiple times! Love this book! Really helped me see the darkness in the gang life and pushed me to be the opposite. Because of this book I chose my career and with an open mind and heart I work to help youth such as those described in this book make better choices. Thank you Mr. Rodriguez for sharing your struggles with us!
  • Student

    By Drake 97
    Easily one of the best books I have ever read. It was a summer reading book I actually enjoyed. It made me understand the struggles, defeats, triumphs, and once again defeats Luis Rodriguez had to endure during his time spent in the barrio. It's great and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a real first-hand experience of a gang member and future journalist/change enthusiast.
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